Arranged Marriage: Stories

Arranged Marriage: Stories

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Arranged Marriage: Stories by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Although Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing face of American literature. Arranged Marriage, her first collection of stories, spent five weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and garnered critical acclaim that would have been extraordinary for even a more established author.For the young girls and women brought to life in these stories, the possibility of change, of starting anew, is both as terrifying and filled with promise as the ocean that separates them from their homes in India. From the story of a young bride whose fairy-tale vision of California is shattered when her husband is murdered and she must face the future on her own, to a proud middle-aged divorced woman determined to succeed in San Francisco, Divakaruni's award-winning poetry fuses here with prose for the first time to create eleven devastating portraits of women on the verge of an unforgettable transformation.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307476784
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 263,756
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling author of the novels Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices; the story collections The Unknown Errors of Our Lives and Arranged Marriage, which received several awards, including the American Book Award; and four collections of prize-winning poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Best American Short Stories 1999, and The New York Times. Born in India, Divakaruni lives near Houston.

For further information about Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, visit her Web site at

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Houston, Texas, and San Jose, California

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1956

Place of Birth:

Kolkata, India


B.A. in English, Kolkata University 1976; Ph.D. in English, University of California at Berkeley, 1984

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Arranged Marriage 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel Arrange Marriage the novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni depicts the continuation and existence of women suffrage in the Indian culture. Arrange Marriage is a collection of stories about Indian women as heroines who live their lives in "half light and half darkness." They dream a life of their own; however, they struggle to bring down the barriors of old traditions, societal expectations, and family obligations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a first generation Indian-American this book enabled me to reconnect with my Indian heritage. The stories gave voice to the silent struggles between parents and children, husbands and wives, American and Indian cultures. Although some friends did not like the 'simple' language of the book, I felt that Banerjee's straightforward words served as a vehicle through which she was able to create deep, profound, and well-crafted stories.
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baba2 More than 1 year ago
As an English language teacher of newly arrived immigrants, "Arranged Marriage" resonated deeply. Although Banerjee focuses on South East Asians, many of her depictions aptly apply to 21st century immigrants across cultures and as well as to marital adjustment in general. It truly deserves a five star rating.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK I really enjoyed each of the stories, this author has a way of telling stories that keep you interested. I love reading and learning of different cultures. I highly recommend this book!
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karinaCA More than 1 year ago
interesting, compelling, realistic and well worth your time. even if you never meet an indian, you will relate to the stories filled with universal themes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a truly incredible book! I just could not put it down! I was amazed at the fact that some parents actually arrange their children's marriages! I was wowed by the stories of these women that met their husbands just a few days before their wedding days! This book really opened my eyes and made me realize just how lucky I am.It was a truly wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding! I couldnt put it down. The Author has a way of putting you into the story, you can feel yourself experiencing the same thing. Definetly read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the short story 'Clothing,' I was abhorred at the way Divakaruni potrayed India. The lead female character coming from Calcutta to the Bay Area, California says that she has no idea what a 'roller coaster' is and is fascinated by 7-11 like it was the Mecca of American culture. The author obviously plays with 'AMERIegocentrism' and exoticizes India to the 'n'th degree. The story was a little hard to swallow, because am I to believe that there are no convient stores and roller coasters in Calcutta? If I do, then India is portrayed as still being in the 19th century. SO my warning is: the story is fascinating and well-crafted but should not be seen as an insight to Indian-American cultural issues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Arranged Marriage (the first time) was like opening a door into my soul. Beautifully written - each tale brings a new perspective on life in the US for South Asians. The characters come alive through the richness of description woven throughout each story. Highly recommended!